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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
10/18/2016 (3 years ago)

Published in Business & Economics

Keywords: journalism, A.I., news, computers, algorithms

LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -  The first robo journalists are stepping up to cover sports, business and elections for the Press Association (PA). According to the PA, the robot scribblers don't make mistakes and they can provide short, timely reports that involve numbers.

The PA insists no reporters are being fired, but as the artificial intelligence gets better it is only a matter of time before the robots take over the job. Journalism is equally subject to market forces, and that includes automation.


As many journalists have warned, we are on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This revolution is inevitable, and it will follow the pattern of previous revolutions in most ways. Prior revolutions in industry displaced large numbers of workers who eventually adapted and found new niches for work.

For example, the arrival of the steam engine, which powered factories, ships, and locomotives resulted in the explosion of the railroad industry. People displaced by the invention found work in new, emerging industries.

But this revolution will be different.  A flurry of white papers and high-level reports to bankers and statesmen provide the telling evidence. A steam engine cannot repair itself or another steam engine, but robots can. Coupled with sophisticated enough A.I., a robot can conceivably perform all the tasks that a human can. And it can do so more efficiently and without error. That will one day include design, development, construction and even maintenance. 

The logical conclusion is that robots will eventually perform all labor presently done by humans. Algorithms and other systems will replace many workers such as accountants and journalists. Computers will replace drivers in cars and trucks. And in trades where a human body is needed, a robotic one can be substituted.

In time, work will become an anachronism for the entire human species.

Some jobs, such as truck driving, delivery jobs, security and perhaps journalism will be among the first to go.

Many assume their jobs require uniquely human qualities, but they don't realize just how far A.I. has come. While no A.I. passes the Turing Test (it's communication must be indistinguishable from humans) yet, they can now come close in a number of categories.

All our days are numbered, whether be believe it or not.

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